We have awarded grants totalling more than £13,000 to eight local community projects.
The funding has been provided from the Cottsway Community Fund, which runs throughout the year. The first projects to receive grants during this financial year are:
- Witney and West Oxfordshire Foodbank - £2,400 to enable the group to offer classes to help teach individuals how to cook, including information on food hygiene, seasonal produce and how to stretch budgets a little further.
- Oxfordshire Play Association – £2,250 to support three play and activity days for local children and their families in Eynsham, Carterton and Witney.
- Bright Start Pre-school – £2,165 towards creating a nature corner to teach children at the Carterton pre-school about caring for their environment, where their food comes from and how to grow their own food for snack times.
- Thrive North Ox – £1,750 funding support for the charity which provides practical assistance to children of struggling families in the Chipping Norton area. This can include purchasing household appliances and school items for those in crisis.
- Carterton Carnival – £1,820 towards a large stage for live bands and singers to perform on at the town’s carnival in August. This free, family event will also host a funfair, attractions, crafts and other stalls.
- The Children’s Safety Education Foundation - £1,500 towards a ‘Money Wise’ financial literacy programme for students aged 11-16 at The Marlborough School in Woodstock.
- Home Start – £1,450 towards supporting a vulnerable Cottsway family in the Chipping Norton area for one year, and helping to train their volunteers who deliver their services.
- Starvehall Farm Residents Association – £450 towards a Jubilee party for residents on the estate.
The Community Fund is a £30,000 scheme to support projects which benefit our local communities. Our customers can also apply for grant funding to support themselves, or an immediate family member, into employment or training.
Lorna Jones, our Community Investment Officer, said: “There’s a lot happening locally and it’s fantastic that we’ve been able to support these community groups. Once we get applications for the Community Fund, we ask our customers to vote via social media on which projects they would like to support and how much funding should be awarded.
“Some of these projects which have recently been grant funded are only just starting out, so it’s great to be able to give them a financial boost and help them on the way to doing something good for their community.”
These eight projects are the latest to receive funding from this year’s Community Fund. To find out more, and how to apply, see: Community Fund